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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Mark 9:33-36

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A. Motivating force behind many men.
1. They will subject their bodies to torturous exercise routines to become the...
a. Greatest runner.
b. Halfback.
c. Kicker.
d. Boxer. Ali's classic statement: "I'm the greatest."
2. The real motivating drive is for the glory and honor that comes to the greatest.
a. The glory of the world is so short-lived.
1. Who was the M.V.P. of the '77 World Series?
2. The '74 Superbowl?
b. Who won the Indy 500 in 73?
3. Some men spend their entire life training, sacrificing, denying themselves, just to stand for a few minutes in the glory light.
a. Do you know a tragic truth?
b. Once you have stood there, it's empty.
B. As Jesus was walking with His disciples to Capernaum, they were arguing with each other as to who would be the greatest.
1. This reveals how wrong their motives were, for following Jesus.
a. The Lord is so gracious, He just takes what He can get. Imperfect man.
b. He then seeks to improve and develop that imperfect man into an instrument.
2. Jesus said, "What were you arguing about back their on the path?"
a. They were silent.
b. They were too embarrassed to tell Him.
c. Have you ever said things that should Jesus ask, "What did you say?", you would be ashamed to tell?
3. Jesus knew what the argument was about.
a. He knows what you say.
b. He knows what you do.
c. You can never hide from God.
4. How does He deal with their folly?
a. With patience and love.
b. He sits down and teaches them what true greatness is and how to attain it.
A. True greatness is not to be found in the kingdom of man, but in the Kingdom of God.
1. Greatness in man s kingdom is attained by the ambitious through blood, sweat and tears.
a. Look at the price being paid by men who want to be governor or senator.
b. It is like the flash of a sky rocket, it fades so rapidly.
2. Greatness in God's Kingdom is given to those who serve faithfully in humility.
a. "If you want to be great in God's Kingdom, learn to be the servant of all."
b. "He that humbleth Himself shall be exalted, but He that exalteth..."
c. Those who are great in God's Kingdom will shine as stars forever.
3. Notice there was no rebuke for the desire to be great.
a. That desire to be, something planted there by God.
b. Their concept of how to achieve it was wrong.
1. Not attained through strife.
2. Reward to be given for faithful service.
Sermon Notes for Mark 9:14-29 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Mark 10:17 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Matthew 1:18 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Luke 1:5 Next Book →

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